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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

Optimism versus pessimism: The explanatory style of ***** optimist ***** the pessimist

***** optimist is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." This is ***** definition of optimism provided by the American Heritage Dictionary. However, I would disagree with this definition. An optimist knows that the road ***** life sometimes has a few bumps and ***** a favorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an optimist is a person ***** believes that accentuating the positive in h***** or her mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of *****. An optimist might know that he or she has a hard path ahead when pursuing a go*****l. The ***** has confidence that hard work will yield great dividends. The optimist will enjoy the journey to the goal, even if that goal is not achieved. An optim*****t ***** in the power of positive th*****king—***** doing, because if someone does not think in a positive fashion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

The optim*****t knows that change is possible or at very least, change ***** impossible if someone ***** not have faith in *****.

The pessimist only sees m*****e gloom, doom, and the impossibility of things ever becoming better. A pessimist is, according to the dictionary, defined as ***** who *****: "a tendency ***** stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view" of circumstances. The pessim*****t may like to think of him or *****self as more realistic and level-headed than an optimist, but in reality the pessimist's point is limited to seeing only one side of ***** equation of life. The pessimist's view***** is not always ***** accurate ***** the optim*****t's, simply more bleak.

The cliche is this: for ***** optimist, the glass is half full, for ***** pessimist the glass is half empty. The optim*****t ***** ***** half-***** glass, and wonders—how can I make this glass fuller, finding hope in the fact ***** ***** glass still contains something of worth? The pessimist focuses on what is lacking, and mutters—'see, ***** knew I ***** never get enough.' The optimist focuses on ***** he or she has at hand, the pessimist on what is *****. Both the optimist and ***** pessimist live in imperfect w*****lds, ***** course. In e**********'s ***** 'a little rain must fall.' But the optimist is able to find the beauty in a ra*****y day, while ***** pessimist can only see gloom and doom. ***** optimist knows that the sun will come out *****morrow or at least the day after tomorrow—or the day after *****, as the weather is ***** changing.

********** optimist has a sense of humor. When he or s***** ***** a bad day, the optimist tells a funny story about the bad traffic, ***** loss of a cont*****ct lens, or the burnt toast. In the eyes of the *****, these mishaps are minor tragedies, and are cited as the reason that he or she is in a funk for ***** rest


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